Sadly, most of us will experience a decrease in vision as we age. It’s just one more sign that we are getting up there in years. While this is a normal part of the aging process, it does not mean that we have to accept it gracefully and move on with our life. There are some simple steps we can take to prevent the deterioration of our vision and possibly to reverse this problem if it has already occurred.
As your eyes age, the lens loses some of the flexibility needed to change shape. This loss of flexibility makes it more difficult for your eyes to focus on objects close to you, like a book. Exercise and nutrition play a key role in preventing the loss of flexibility in our eyes.
Some Other Symptoms of Presbyopia
- Words begin to seem blurry when reading; you need to move the book back further to clear away the blurriness.
- You find that you need a brighter light when reading or doing detailed work.
- It becomes more difficult to read as the day progresses and/or when you are stressed or tired.
- You may find that your eyes become irritated and tired when doing close work. Trying to read may cause drowsiness.
- You could find that you are getting more headaches, especially when reading or working on the computer.
Presbyopia or “old eyes” usually starts around age 40 and continues to get worse until around age 65 or 70. Many people try to deal with this condition on their own by purchasing reading glasses.
However, as the condition progresses they have to buy stronger and stronger glasses. This may be a reasonable short-term solution for the problem. However, they are just a means to bypass a symptom not actually a treatment for the problem.
Is There Something That Can Help With The Cause?
Eye exercises can help to improve the flexibility of your eyes. Even if you haven’t yet noticed any of the problems associated with Presbyopia, it is still a good idea to keep your eyes exercised. This is one way to avoid the problem before it gets started. In the long run you may want to try our Rebuild Your Vision Program which can aid in the natural prevention and improvement of this condition.
When you notice the need for reading glasses, you should schedule an eye exam. Your eye doctor can ensure that what you are experiencing really is just age-related Presbyopia and not something more serious or damaging. There are other vision problems that have similar symptoms, so start with that eye exam for you own peace of mind.
The exercises in the Rebuild Your Vision Program can help prevent and improve the symptoms of Presbyopia, but there are also some other actions you can take to help combat it.
- Give your eyes a break by looking up and away from what you are working on. This is especially important with near vision tasks like reading, working on the computer, or sewing. When your eyes begin to feel tired get up and do something different for a while.
- Make sure that the light you are working by is at least three times brighter than the rest of the room. Never sit in the dark reading or working with only a single light on.
- Keep books or computer screens at a distance of 14 to 16 inches away from your eyes while working or reading.
- Sit up straight while reading or watching television.
- Spend more time outdoors. Our eyes were designed to see things further away from us. Continual near vision work causes more eye strain.
It is entirely possible to improve your vision naturally, without resorting to eye surgery or succumbing to corrective lenses for the rest of your life. Take control of your eyesight by doing eye exercises to beat age-related Presbyopia!
For Even Better Results
Along with the exercise program change and improve your diet. As we age, our bodies may run short of the vitamins and minerals that our eyes and the rest of our body need to stay strong, flexible, and healthy. The best way to supply our bodies with these vitamins and minerals is to improve our diets. In this case you don’t have to go on a restrictive diet, in fact you may find that an eye healthy diet requires that you eat more food than usual.
Many people find that the biggest difficulty they have is eating enough of the foods that provide good eye healthy vitamins and minerals. This can be a major problem, especially if you are older or trying to fix meals only for yourself. Some people find that a good alternative is to get an eye healthy multivitamin or eye supplement instead. Before you do this be sure that you check with your medical professional as some supplements and vitamins can have an adverse reaction if you are also on certain prescription medications.
Don’t forget physical exercise! Studies have shown that people who stay active have less problems with aging eyes. Whether you walk, cycle, or visit the gym make sure that you get some exercise at least a few days a week. Talk to your medical professional for suggestions on exercise programs that will be safe for your age group. In most cases walking is a safe exercise, but it is still best to consult your doctor.
Our vision is an important part of being able to enjoy retirement. Why take chances on it? With some simple steps you should be able to relax and look forward to doing the things you love as you age.